ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Hampton Track and Field programs entered the outdoor seasons with targets on them after both teams won their first Big South titles in February. Those targets may have grown now as both teams took their first outdoor crowns on Friday night at Winthrop University.
The Lady Pirates scored 206.5 points to win the crown over High Point (194) and Campbell (105). They entered the last two races with a commanding 41.5 point lead and cruised to a repeat of its indoor crown.
The men came from 35 points down heading into Friday’s competition to win their first outdoor crown with 188.5 points as Campbell took second (181) and Charleston Southern took third (145). Heading into the last day of the indoor meet, Hampton was 36 points out of first and rallied for that crown.
Head Coach Maurice Pierce won Coach of the Year honors for both the men and women, while Coby Price took Freshman of the Year honors for the men. Representing Hampton on the All-Academic teams were Trey Clark and Ayana Culhane.
This marks the second time in school history that the track teams pulled the “double sweep” as both teams won the 2003 MEAC Indoor Crowns and the 2004 MEAC Outdoor Crowns.
Women’s Triple Jump
Kameryn Trussell scored one point with an eighth place finish with a leap of 37-5.75.
Women’s 4×100 relay
The group of Autumn Smith, Asha Copeland, Isis Brooks and Mallory Pitchford ran a 44.81 to win the 4×100 relay for 10 team points. The time was .01 off the Big South Conference meet record set last year by Liberty.
Women’s 100 meter hurdles
Hampton started to make up points going 1-3-4-7 in the 100 meter hurdles for 23 points. Autumn Smith won the title with a 13.64 with Mallory Pitchford in third (13.97), Kylie Mcmillan in fourth (14.06) and Kaitlin Scott in seventh (14.35).
Women’s 800 meters
DeVonya Brown took seventh in this race in 2:19.83 for two team points.
Joshua Hunter took fifth for four points with a toss of 162-7.
Men’s Triple Jump
Jerrick Powell took seventh for two points with a leap of 44-6.25.
Men’s 110 hurdles
The Pirates started their comeback with a 1-2-3-7 finish for 26 points. Charles Graham won the race in 14.29, with Jaelen Williams in second (14.30) and Dylan Beard in third (14.53). Isaiah Norris came in seventh in 15.23 to round out Hampton’s contingent.
Douglas Sessoms was sixth for three points in the 100 meters running 10.80
Pulling their second 1-2-3 finish on Friday, the Pirates scored 24 points in the 200 behind a 21.33 from Derrick Price to win the event. Douglas Sessoms was second (21.56) and Jerrick Powell was third (21.62) as the Pirates gained control of the team standings heading into the final two events.
Both teams are now off for two weeks until the NCAA East Regionals in Jacksonville, Florida.